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Athletics Day
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2018 Sports Round Up

Frankie Vella —

2018 has wielded some really impressive results both on a local and national scale! We've been very proud of our students all around.

In Marching, Jacinta Burney, Victoria Fisk and Cassara Keen represented Otago at the National Champs in Hamilton in March and their team, Onyx Militaires were named Overall National Champions of their grade.

In the South Island Sailing regatta we had some impressive performances: Theo Molteno and Linus Molteno won the Gee Trophy in the Non-Spinnaker Silver Division with Ella Molteno and Pepa Cloughley second. And Miriam Barton and Anna Walrond won the First Girls crew with Ella and Pepa third. We were second in the Shearer Cup, third in the Teams Racing event, and third school overall.

In the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Champs, Zack Hibbert was first in the Under 14 Hammer Throw and set a new record with 30.8 metres. Nirvana Hepi-Breen was 2nd in Under 14 Discus and 2nd in Shotput.

Annie Kennedy Atchison continued to excel in Surf Life-Saving. At the 2018 South Island Championships, she won U16 Ski Champion, U16 Tube rescue Champion and was second in the U19 Ironwoman.

Rawinia Cooper-Parata was in the U19 South Island Maori Netball team and played strongly at the Aotearoa Maori Netball tournament in Gisborne at the end of March.

We had a Japanese High School Kendo martial arts group visit us in March. 20 of our students practise Kendo on Monday evenings.

Congratulations to Ziggi Kaitai-Martin who was best in New Zealand, winning a National Parkour title at the New Zealand Parkour Competition in May. He was first in the Style Youth competition as well as winning Best Youth Trick.

Our school Cross Country saw some strong performances.
Girls Winners: Viviane Dalphin Under 14, Rebecca Dalphin Under 15, Mae Rose-Wills Under 16 and Abby Barton Open.
Boys Winners: Nico Alvarez Under 14, Milo Long Under 15, Daniel Cowles Under 16 and Louis Freeman Open.

We had an exciting final in Waterpolo winning 5-3 against Otago Boys High School Development team. 

Congratulations to Joe McKee who attended the trial for the New Zealand Under 19 Handball team in April. This is an impressive achievement as he had only been playing for 6 months.

Congratulations to Sam Hulbe Pulver and Ben Devereux who have been selected for the Southern United Football Academy. And Sam has also been excelling in the junior division of Golf winning 3 Disc Golf tournaments this year; the Lords and Ladies of Lismore, The Queenstown Classic and Paradise Plates. 

Our School Sports Census Report recorded an increase in Hockey, Girls Football and Badminton as well as Curling in 2017. Overall participation in sport is on 66% which is well above the national average of 53%. And it was pleasing to see an increase in Girls participation. Thanks to all our coaches, parents, teachers and sporting community for all their support. 

In the Otago Secondary School Swimming Championships, Timo Schaefer was first in the Men's Over 15 200m backstroke and 3rd in the 200m freestyle. The Team of Timo Schaefer, Maggie Franks, Shima Jack and Sersha Forde placed third in the Mixed 200m freestyle relay.

In the OSSSA Cross Country Series we had a strong team with all our runners performing well with Top 10 placings. Louis Freeman was 6th in Senior Boys and Joe McKee 7th in the same event. Rebecca and Viviane Dalphin were also in the top 10.

Our best result of the Cross Country series came in the Otago Southland Relay Race with Louis Freeman, Declan Parsons, Rebecca and Viviane Dalphin coming 2nd place in the Senior Mixed Race. Our Junior Boys team of Liam Black, Nicolas Alvarez, Nick James-Pirie and Alex Cameron ran well in a strong field finishing in the Top 10.

In Netball Grace Jones was selected for the Otago U14 Development programme. Our Junior girls Gold and Senior Development team attended the Otago Secondary School Netball Champs in June. Both teams found the experience challenging and positive.

In Girls Football our teams are going well with 2 teams finishing second in their pools after the first round.

The Co-Education Winter Sports tournament is a highlight on the Term 2 calendar. Approximately 130 students participated. Students competed in Basketball, Netball, Football, Hockey, Curling and Badminton.

Ziggi Kaitai Martin competed in Sydney in a Parkour competition in June. Ziggi finished first in the heats Intermediate Free-running with a score of 50/70. He went on to place second in the final. This follows on from his success and impressive record at the New Zealand Championships and national titles earlier this year.

Theo Molteno, Zack Hibbert and Alex Cameron recently attended the Secondary School Otago Table Tennis Tournament. The boys enjoyed their experience. Theo Molteno was commended on his leadership and fair play.

Ella Molteno continues to shine nationally in Luge. She competed in the New Zealand National Luge Championships during the July holidays and won the Senior Women's individual event. Ella also holds the fastest time for any woman from this event. This is particularly impressive given her age of 15 years.

Sam Yeardley travelled to the United Kingdom with Otago's Youth Academy Squad for the Northern Ireland Football Super Cup. The Northern Ireland Super Cup has run for 35 years and is described as the premier youth football tournament in the UK. It attracts more than 60 teams from all continents of the world. The Otago Youth Academy Squad has been the only NZ based team to have taken part in the invite-only tournament.

In other Otago rep news, Liam Black has been selected for the Otago Hockey U15 Development team.

In Otago rep Football news the following students have gained selection:


16th Grade Otago A Eamon Wilson and Amasio Jutel

14th Grade Otago A Ben Devereux, Harry Major

14th Grade Otago B Sam Huble Pulver

13th Grade Otago Gold Connor Stephenson, Nico Alvarez Ray-Virag


17th Grade Otago development Maggie Gorman

14th Grade Otago A Leilani Baeumer, Viviane Dalphin, Naomi Jutel, Hannah Yeardley

Shima Jack and Maia Puricelli have been selected for the Otago Waterpolo U14 team with both playing in a tournament over the July holidays.

Handball continues to grow at Logan Park. Our Sports Prefects organised a 6 week Inter-House Handball competition, which was popular and fiercely contested. Aoraki House won both the Junior and Senior competitions. We appreciated seeing Eion Murray, from the NZ Handball Board, along with NZ representative players Alex Mair and Ashton Lang at our Finals.

Over a hundred Logan Park students were involved in the Co-Ed Winter Sports Tournament in June. The highlight of the day was our Boys 1st Xl Football team beating the Premier Kavanagh 1st XI in the final. At full time the score was drawn at 1-1. Harry Major scored our goal to equalise. Logan Park took our the penalty shoot out with some outstanding saves by Eamon Lupton-Wilson. Our senior boys and girls Basketball teams placed 2nd as did the girls Football team.

Congratulations to Sophie Black, Year 11 who received her 1st Dan Black Belt in Karate during the July school holidays. Sophie has been doing karate for eleven years and her dedication and hard work have led to this impressive achievement. 

In Athletics and running, Rebecca Dalphin continued her impressive form. She was first in the South Island Secondary School Athletics U15 3000 metres, first in the Otago Ponydales High School Champs, and in Club competitions she was second in the Open Women's Lovelock Race. She is currently training for the NZSS Athletics Champs which will be held in Dunedin at the end of the year.

Students continue to do well in Football with Otago representative status for the following: Ben Deveruex, Connor Stephenson, Nico Alarez Rey-Virag, Eamon Lupton-Wilson, Leilani Baeumer, Hannah Yeardley, Naomi Jutel and Maggie Gorman. All of these Otago representatives with attend the South Island Tournament in the October school holidays along with Harry Major who will attend the Tournament with his club side.

Year 9 student Nicola Molteno has qualified for the New Zealand trampolining champs in October in Tauranga.

Kane Wilson, Aurburn Boyd and Flynn Nichols were selected to attend the Steve Adams Basketball Camp here in Dunedin and had an amazing day. PE Teacher and gun Basketball player Danielle Frost was also involved in coaching on the day.

In Handball Laura Graham has competed with both the U19 Otago team and the Otago University team at tournaments this season. 

Our Girls Football Black team won the 2nd Division of their competition. Leilani Baeumer scored a hat trick with the team beating Kaikorai Valley College 4-1 in the final.

Our Badminton teams have performed well this year. The Boys First Team won Division 2 and our Girls Second Team won Division 3.

In Rugby, Jesse Mani played in the Co-Ed combined U14 Rugby team led by Kaikorai Valley College and was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award.

Our Senior A boys Basketball team have won most of their games this winter season and won their grade.

Staff and students enjoyed playing each other in Basketball game one lunch in Term 3.

Our Senior Sporting Blues Assembly was held in September with ex student Jacobi Kohu-Morris, who was Head Boy, Class Act recipient and a national title holder in Bowls returning as our Guest speaker. 

Finn Lillis has been selected for the Otago Cricket wider squad. Finn is part of the cricket leadership team at Logan Park.

Viviane Dalphin, (14) competed in the Dunedin Marathon 10k run in September and came 3rd overall in the Women's section and 2nd in the Senior Women's U20 category.

Sunny McCabe traveled to the Nationals to represent the South Island Table Tennis team in the October school holidays.

In Curling our team of Lucas Dubyk, Angus Mclean, Leo Lublow-Catty, Simon Schack and Leevi Hanson competed at the NZSS champs on the 28th-30th September here in Dunedin.

Jonathan Dubyk, Liam Black and Bill Campbell all competed in the South Island Mountain Biking Championships in the October school holidays.

In September, 2 Logan Park teams competed in the Hillary Outdoors Events Get-2-Go Challenge competing in orienteering, kayaking and mountain-biking in wet, cold conditions. Our Year 10 team came 3rd.

Caitlin O'Brien and her Aerobics team came second in NZ and Caitlin also competed in the National Gymnastics championships in rhythmic gymnastics in October.

Our Student Sports Council organised an Inter-House Indoor Rowing competition for the last week of Term 3 which was competitive and entertaining.

Our Senior Blues Assembly was held in September. See the separate Blues Assembly article (in the yearbook) for the full list of Sporting and Cultural awards presented.

Congratulations to the following students who received Premier Blues Awards recognising national achievements.

Premier Blues Awards:

Joseph Araya Football
Connor Bedwell Orchestra
Jacinta Burney Marching
Bill Campbell Robotics
Rawinia-Ra Cooper-Parata Kapa Haka
Henry Eden-Mann Robotics
Ziggi Kaitai-Martin Parkour
Annie Kennedy-Atchison Surf Life Saving
Rikke Kikkawa-McLeod Composition / Band
Mary Locker Composition / Band
Casper McGuire Model United Nations (MUNA)
Ella Molteno Luge

Caitlin O'Brien Aerobics

Cuba Rust Composition / Band

George Sabonadiere Public Speaking

Neive Strang Composition / Band
Anna Walrond Sailing
Samuel Yeardley Football

Ella Molteno has been selected to compete in the Luge Junior World Cup in February 2019. Ella is currently the No 1 Women's Luge competitor in New Zealand and is aiming to qualify for the Youth Winter Olympics in 2020. She will depart New Zealand on December 10 and she will train and compete in Austria, Germany and Switzerland for ten weeks returning late February.
Ben Devereux and Sam Hulbe Pulver have been selected for the Southern United Football team to play at the National Age Group Football Tournament in December, in Wellington.
Caitlin O'Brien represented Logan Park and Otago at the New Zealand Schools Aerobics National Champs in Wellington in October.Caitlin's team came second in the Fitness Team section in the NZ finals.

Danielle Thomson competed in Australia in October with the U15 New Zealand Softball team. 

Phoebe Guile-Hughes is an Otago representative in Tennis. Earlier this year Phoebe was named Most Dedicated Girl by Otago Tennis.

History teacher and super coach Paul Fielding has been awarded the prestigious Service to School Sport by the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council. It is great to see him recognised for over 30 years of service to Cricket, Football and Badminton at Logan Park. He is a wonderful supporter of developing young people through sport.  We celebrated teacher Paul Fielding's 30 year commitment to sports with a special morning tea where his national award from the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council was presented. Paul's enthusiasm for cricket, badminton and football has been impressive.

We have farewelled another fantastic group of Sports Prefects. Everyone has appreciated the lunchtime sports competitions and House events held across the year.

At our Senior Prizegiving the Service to School Sports Awards went to Louis Freeman and Alise Allnatt for their tremendous contribution, leadership and service across many areas of sports this year. 

The Junior Sports Tournament at the end of November was a real highlight with over a hundred students taking the opportunity to compete in Handball, Dodgeball, Basketball, Volleyball and Touch. Students enjoyed competing, having fun, trying new sports and making new friends.

Our top team were the first division winners in the Otago Secondary Schools Sport Association League in Handball and our Junior Boys were second in Division 2.

In Football Leilani Baeumer is in the U14 Southern United Team and Maggie Gorman is in the U16 team and both will travel to Wellington for the National football tournament.

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Champs held in Dunedin at the start of December was another highlight for our team of athletes. Nirvana Hepi-Breen, Rebecca Dalphin and Zack Hibbert all performed strongly.

Young Nirvana Hepi-Breen (13) will be one to watch in the future with strengths in shot put, hammer and discus. Nirvana earned a bronze medal in the discus. In hammer she was sixth and this was her first time competing in hammer. Nirvana also finished in the top eight in shot put. Nirvana will have 2 more years competing in the junior age group so is looking very promising. 

Thanks to all of our coaches, managers, teachers, parents, players and especially Frankie Vella, our sports co-ordinator for the dedication and commitment to all things sport at Logan Park over 2018.